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Archived content for the tag ‘Fiction’

February 12th, 2018 | Latest, Life Writing/Memoir, News, Perfecting the craft, Workshops, Writers SA news | Tags:

              Back by popular demand, our scintillating series of Adelaide Writers’ Week masterclasses returns in March. Hosted by revered international authors, this is your chance to learn from the world’s finest writers, right here in Adelaide. Join copyright renegade Cory Doctorow for a fiction masterclass on […]

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June 17th, 2014 | Blog | Tags:

By Angela Meyer On my desktop is a whisky wheel, a device that’s supposed to help you with your tasting notes when sampling single malts. Does your drink have a touch of black pepper on the nose? Or is it orange blossom? Is it lactic or nutty on the palate? […]

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June 3rd, 2014 | Blog, Getting Started, Short Stories | Tags:

If you are not fortunate enough to have an editor then a little distance between the completion of a first draft and an edit can be useful. Time to forget what you were actually writing about can help the writer to approach the story as a reader might. Can you […]

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May 6th, 2014 | Seeking Submissions | Tags:

30 June From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination. Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work […]

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April 21st, 2014 | Blog, Genre, Perfecting the craft, Resources, Tips | Tags:

Here are some great writing prompt sites to help you bust through any moments of writer’s block (or just keep you in an internet spiral all day long):  Writing Prompts on Tumblr Creative Writing Prompts  Awesome Writing Prompts Daily prompts sent to your inbox  200 Fantasy Writing Prompts  Spec Fic […]

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October 29th, 2013 | Blog, Books, Characters, Perfecting the craft, Writing for Children | Tags:

By Katrina Germein    JOIN KATRINA FOR HER EXAMINING EXCELLENT PICTURE BOOKS WORKSHOP   Dear Katrina, I want to write a picture book but I want to do it my own way. I’ve read that picture books should have repetition and I think repetition is boring. I’ve read that publishers […]

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October 23rd, 2013 | Blog, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Tips | Tags:

By Steve Evans We are all creatures of habit. Sometimes we try to shuck those tendencies—give up smoking, be fitter, become a better friend, learn how to write a bestseller. Sometimes it seems we are offered, if not a miracle cure, then an easy way through. No-one is immune to […]

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October 16th, 2013 | Blog, Genre, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

By Jennie Cumming Thanks to the proliferation of specialised websites and zines, short fiction has become more popular in recent years. Because of the time involved in providing feedback on each other’s work, the writing group I belong to restricts the monthly submission from each member to about 1500 words. […]

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September 30th, 2013 | Blog, Characters, Workshops | Tags:

By Lia Weston Continued on from a previous post Nothing makes my heart sink like an ‘HILARIOUS LoL LoL OMG SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ email forward. Guaranteed to fulfil none of the subject line promises, it tends to fall into one of two camps: ‘women are smart and funny, while men are […]

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September 23rd, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Industry news, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

This is a snippet from a brief talk I’ll be giving at the SA Writers Centre this Thursday on the subject of what editors do.  Whenever I tell people I’m a book editor, and the conversation doesn’t swiftly move on, their first question is usually, ‘So what do editors do?’ […]

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September 19th, 2013 | Blog, Guest posts, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Workshops | Tags:

By Vikki Wakefield One of the questions most commonly asked of a writer is: where do you get your ideas from? Short answer: ideas are everywhere. An idea is  the brilliant start to everything, a comet of the imagination, a blazing possibility that will fizzle and die if you don’t […]

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September 17th, 2013 | Blog, Genre, Guest posts, Insights, Perfecting the craft, Tips | Tags:

By Lia Weston As writers, one of the few statements we can probably all agree on is that art is subjective.  There’s wriggle room within that definition, too; you can appreciate (or learn to appreciate in some cases) the work that goes into a particular piece even if you can’t […]

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September 11th, 2013 | Blog, Education, Guest posts, Industry news, Insights, Technology | Tags:

Here is a Q&A with digital innovator, Emily Craven: Who should focus their professional development in interactivity and digital stories? Teachers, educators and anyone who wants to engage with children and young adults. The youth of today are immersed in digital culture, social media, video, audio and images captivating their […]

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September 5th, 2013 | Blog, Characters, Insights, Perfecting the craft | Tags:

By Malcolm Walker Continued on from this previous post  …The psychological motivation of characters can also have a bearing when thinking up names. If a particular character is serious or frivolous, sensitive or uncaring, happy or sad, does the name you settle upon reflect or enhance these traits or does […]

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September 2nd, 2013 | Blog, Books, Industry news, Insights, Workshops | Tags:

Book reviewing is a tricky business. As Kerryn Goldsworthy’s recent extended essay in Australian Book Review shows, knowing what a review’s purpose is (or should be), who it serves (or should serve), what its value is (or should be), are complicated and contested questions. I approach book reviewing with several […]

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